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empathetic

[em-puh-thet-ik] /ˌɛm pəˈθɛt ɪk/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by empathy, the psychological identification with the feelings, thoughts, or attitudes of others:
a sensitive, empathetic school counselor.
Also, empathic
[em-path-ik] /ɛmˈpæθ ɪk/ (Show IPA)
.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; empath(y) + -etic
Related forms
empathetically, empathically, adverb
nonempathic, adjective
nonempathically, adverb
Can be confused
empathetic, sympathetic, simpatico.
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Examples from the web for empathic
  • Given our own abhorrence toward importation from any countries of drugs, one would presume some empathic understanding.
  • It could be that, compared to other professions, the people that gravitate to healthcare tend to be less empathic.
  • They also noticed that empathic brain systems took an average of six to eight seconds to start up.
  • There has been an empathic feeling, as there always is in the presence of great vocalism.
  • Conversely, medical students should learn empathic skills by mastering patient simulation.
  • Yet some researchers are inflicting pain on other primates in studies to isolate specific neurons in empathic responses.
  • Nearly all are earnest and empathic about their work.
  • Research consistently demonstrates the key role an empathic patient-doctor relationship plays in overall health.
  • For their level of intelligence, they're unusually cooperative and empathic.
  • Of course, there are plenty of empathic and creative people who can handle the math, and plenty of compulsive whiners who can't.
British Dictionary definitions for empathic

empathic

/ɛmˈpæθɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to empathy
Derived Forms
empathically, empathetically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for empathic
adj.

1909, from empathy + -ic. Related: Empathically.

empathetic

adj.

1932, in psychology, from empathy on model of sympathetic and to distinguish it from empathic. Related: Empathetically.

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